Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sfoof: A Lebanese Semolina Turmeric cake that tastes better than it sounds

Soof or Turmeric Semolina Cake
Soof is a Lebanese dessert that we used to eat when we were kids. My dad used to get it from the dessert shop and I was utterly fascinated by those yellow squares. I could not understand how these squares were so yellow, as if a painter colored them with a swift brush stroke from an Easter color palette. Getting older, I lost all my desire to eat them, I mean I was busy discovering other fancier and more complicated desert. Sfoof did not seem that intriguing anymore. After moving to the US, a strong nostalgia of everything middle eastern and homemade took over and I finally decided to make Sfoof.
Sfoof is a great recipe because you probably have all the ingredients at home, it does not require any appliances and it is ready in an hour from start to finish..Did I mention that it tastes good...In fact, it tastes even better the next day. I like to use semolina and flour in my recipe because the semolina alone make it too crumbly and the flour alone makes it too much cake-like

Preheat your oven to 350 F oven (180 C or gas 6)
Dry ingredients:

2 cups of flour (all purpose),
2 cups of semolina, (سميد ناعم)
2 cups of sugar, you can add another 1/4 cup if you like it on the sweeter side
1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of turmeric (عقدة صفراء),
Mix them all together with a whisk to combine and get rid of lumps

Wet ingredients :
1 cup of milk (I used fat free but you can use anything you like),
1 cup of canola oil,
1 cup of water,


Mix the dry and wet ingredients until combined (don't over mix so that sfoof does not turn out tough).

You need a brownies pan (I used 9*13) or Pyrex bakeware if you don't have a pan, first spray the pan with non stick canola spay (if you don't have it you can brush it with tahini) and pour the mixture in it. I like to add pine nuts on top. bake in a 350 F oven (180 C or gas 6) for 40 minutes, wait till cools down, release from pan and cut into squares or in a tight container to keep from drying out.
Sahtein (bon appetit in Arabic)
Give it a try and Enjoy!


  1. my friend Nadine...
    I've tried the sfoof recipe today ... yalatif how delicious.. it is the best Sfoof recipe ever.. Bravo Nadine
    with love Lina

  2. Thanks Lina. It is really a great recipe..easy to make and hard to mess it up. Enjoy!

  3. Once again thank you very much for this great recipe. i made it for Sara's birthday, it looked good and tasted even better. I simply love it. I will definitely do it again.
    Carole K

  4. This is a wonderful recipe! I've been making this exact recipe from my mother's Alif Baa al Tabekh cook book since I was a child!

  5. Hi Nadine, I just found your blog and I'm really hoping to try this recipe soon. I've been getting more and more into Lebanese cooking (and I hope to move to Beirut after I graduate university in a couple months!) and this looks like a great treat. I'll let you know how it turns out!


  6. Please give it a try Amy! it is seriously a fail proof recipe! Many of my friends tried it and all were pleased with it. I checked out your blog and it is fantastic. What I love the most about it is that it can be ready in an hour, great for those list minutes visitors. best of luck!